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EU: Your web doctor will see you now – software as a medical device

Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters. Doctors are also intrigued by the […]

Supreme Court upholds ‘no oral variation’ clause

By Emma Davies The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24 upheld the validity of a clause that limited the parties’ freedom to vary their contract orally. In reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision to find the ‘no oral variation’ or ‘no oral modification (NOM)’ clause binding, […]

Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury and legal action to take

By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

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Microsoft chooses Mishcons for assault against spammers

Microsoft has appointed Mishcon de Reya to lead its fight against piracy, ahead of rival panel firms Linklaters and Covington & Burling. Mishcons is advising the software giant on the first UK suits ever filed against ‘spammers’, the senders of junk email. Head of litigation Kasra Nouroozi and assistant Ben Gallagher at Mishcons are advising […]

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Dewey postpones European plans

US firm Dewey Ballantine has put European expansion plans on hold as a result of the Iraq war and concerns about the international economic climate. The firm has stalled planned launches in France and Germany, although it continues to look for suitable merger partners. The Lawyer understands that Dewey had been in talks with the […]

Publicis dumps Herbies on Cordiant

Publicis, the French advertising company, has ditched Herbert Smith in favour of Clifford Chance in its battle for Cordiant Communications. Publicis’ switch has emerged just as Cordiant’s board confirmed that it has recommended a bid from Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP. Publicis, together with US hedge fund Cerberus, has been trying to push Cordiant into administration. […]

Slaughters beats Linklaters to American Express acquisition

Slaughter and May has sidelined Linklaters and won instructions from American Express (Amex) on its acquisition of Threadneedle Asset Management. Amex is now expected to go on a European spending spree. This is Slaughters’ first corporate deal for the company after years of advising Amex on regulatory issues. Linklaters has previously advised on most corporate […]

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